Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Programs for:

Upcoming events

    • 02/02/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Registration is closed
      

    Inclement Weather Plan:

    If Calvert County Public Schools close or are delayed due to inclement weather, the program will be canceled. Otherwise, if roads are clear and there are no delays, the program will continue as planned.

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years


    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will tell your children about groundhogs and other animals that hibernate, then take a short walk to see where animals might sleep in the winter.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/02/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Registration is closed
      

    Inclement Weather Plan:

    If Calvert County Public Schools close or are delayed due to inclement weather, the program will be canceled. Otherwise, if roads are clear and there are no delays, the program will continue as planned.

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will tell your children about groundhogs and other animals that hibernate, then take a short walk to see where animals might sleep in the winter.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 02/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For children in Grades 1-2

    School's Out Adventure

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the “herps” (reptiles and amphibians) that live at the nature center. We will explore what it takes to keep these captive animals safe and learn why their wild relatives are important. Bring lunch and a snack.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Fee is per child.

    $20 for BCNES members
    $30 for nonmembers

    • 02/07/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park

    All ages, under 16 with an adult.

    Join Master Naturalist Karen Anderson to explore the winter bird life of our new Ward Farm Nature Park in Dunkirk.

    Dress for the weather--we'll be outside the whole time.

    Bring binoculars and field guides.

    Free

    • 02/07/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 8

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals. Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a bag lunch and a point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, February 5. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 02/07/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Various
    Ages 13-adult

    Join us for several scheduled work days to repair, clean and install Barn Owl boxes at various locations. Come for all or part of the day.

    Meeting location will be sent to all who register.


    • 02/07/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 3
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will learn about these misunderstood creatures and the strategies they use to survive the winter.  Meet a live snake and hike one of the trails to see where they might hibernate.

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, February 5. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 02/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    What will we be wading into this winter? It could be rain or it could be snow. Either way – it probably won’t be warm! We’ll look at some different ways to measure the winter weather and then go for a walk outside to try things out. We’ll end inside with a warm snack!

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/12/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 9
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    What will we be wading into this winter? It could be rain or it could be snow. Either way – it probably won’t be warm! We’ll look at some different ways to measure the winter weather and then go for a walk outside to try things out. We’ll end inside with a warm snack!

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/13/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 39

    All ages.

    The 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins today.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds.  Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 11. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 02/16/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5

    For children in Grades 3-5

    School's Out Adventure

    How can we tell what animals have been visiting us? Sometimes they leave behind clues that we can discover if we know what to look for. Come try your hand at being a nature detective! Dress for the weather. Bring lunch and a snack.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Registration deadline: February 9

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Fee is per child.

    $20 for BCNES members

    $30 for nonmembers

    • 02/16/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Various
    Ages 13-adult

    Join us for several scheduled work days to repair, clean and install Barn Owl boxes at various locations. Come for all or part of the day.

    Meeting location will be sent to all who register.


    • 02/21/2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 22

    For 15 years old - Adults (under 18 adult required)

    Many Bald Eagles call Flag Ponds Park home in the winter time. We’ll hike down to our beach in search of these impressive birds. Dress warm and be sure to bring a pair of binoculars!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 02/22/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 13
    For Ages 6-9 years, Adult participation is required.

    Description

    Ever wonder what the beach is like in the winter time? We’ll explore the beach to see what animals call the beach home in the winter time. We’ll end with a warm treat by the fire. Be sure to dress warm!

    These programs allow student to investigate firsthand the life found in and around our area.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 02/25/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come learn about the sneaky creatures that lurk in the swamp in the winter. We’ll search for swamp bandit tracks while hiking on the boardwalk.

    Introduce preschool children to the natural world through outdoor exploration. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 9

    For ages 12-16 years old

    Creative journals are NOT just for the artists among us – they are for everyone! There’s no wrong way to do a creative journal. A journal can be a tool for learning, a place for recording ideas, and a way to help us remember experiences. We willmake journals and try out some fun journaling exercises – both inside and outside.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person -

    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 02/28/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Family Campfire

    All ages, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Do you like big furry animals?  As we enjoy 'smores, we’ll learn what all mammals have in common. We'll take an up close look at some bones and skins from our local mammals, and learn what clues these sometimes secretive animals leave behind that we can find.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Park by the barn and walk back to the pavilion and campfire.

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    • 03/03/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Spring is almost here and animals are getting ready to make new nests. Most of the year, the trees help to hide nests in their branches, but this time of  year, we should be able to find some old nests - and maybe some new. We will begin inside by looking at some of the different nests our swamp animals make and end with an outdoor adventure to see if we can spy any nests! Come dressed for the weather.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/03/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Spring is almost here and animals are getting ready to make new nests. Most of the year, the trees help to hide nests in their branches, but this time of  year, we should be able to find some old nests - and maybe some new. We will begin inside by looking at some of the different nests our swamp animals make and end with an outdoor adventure to see if we can spy any nests! Come dressed for the weather.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    For adults

    This activities is also open to families with older children (under 16 with an adult participation)

    If you’re looking to get more involved with the parks here in the county or would just like an excuse to spend some time in the woods – we can always need to new volunteers to check our salamander traps. Come find out what it takes to be involved and help refurbish our salamander traps for the spring season. This is a great opportunity for home school students interested in the environment and animals.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Bring snacks and lunch. Wear clothes that can get dirty and comfortable shoes for working on the traps.

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.


    • 03/05/2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 19

    For Ages 13-Adults; under 16 with an adult

    As the full moon rises we’ll stroll along the fields and wetlands listening for the breeding display of the American Woodcock (also known as a Timberdoodle). Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking boots. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk. Directions will be sent to all who register

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person.
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 03/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about how plants grow as we make some “seed bombs” that you can plant in your garden. Wear clothes that you can get dirty. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 9

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/14/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park

    All ages, under 16 with an adult.

    Join Master Naturalist Karen Anderson to explore the winter bird life of our new Ward Farm Nature Park in Dunkirk.

    Dress for the weather--we'll be outside the whole time.

    Bring binoculars and field guides.

    Free

    • 03/15/2015
    • 6:45 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Artist's Access Days

    Here's an excellent opportunity for artists and photographers to access to the county parks before and after regular park hours.

    Artists are encouraged to create landscape paintings, drawings and photographs as they experience the quiet of a winter sunrise at Flag Ponds Park. 

    Registration is required. 

    Artist Registration Fee: None

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Consider presenting your artwork at our Nature's ARTcade exhibit in June 2015. Details at:  www.calvertparks.org/ARTcade


    • 03/20/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    All ages.

    Celebrate the first day of spring by hiking through Flag Ponds to look for frogs and other signs of spring.  Learn some frog calls and other identifying characteristics too.  Please bring flashlights.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free to BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, March 18. 

    Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 03/21/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals. Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a bag lunch and a point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19 Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may register online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 03/28/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 14


    For ages 10-13 years old

    It’s that time of the year for the spotted salamanders to make their move to the swamp. We’ll learn more about these awesome animals and head out in search of them in the park. Be sure to wear clothes you can get dirty.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 03/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Families

    Have you ever wondered where marshmallows come from? We’ll teach you about the origin of marshmallows and we will make some of our own!  Bring a sealed container to take your marshmallows home.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23

    • 03/30/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03/31/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Children in 1st-4th grades

    Monday, March 30, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
    Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Feel like you've been stuck inside all winter? This camp will be full of adventures -- we will wade into the swamp, use nets to look for amphibians, and, of course, play in the mud.

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather each day!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration deadline: March 23

    Fee: $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.

    • 03/31/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 04/01/2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/02/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    Ages 12-16 years

    Spend part of spring break with friends searching the woods, ponds, and swamps for animals big and small. If you like to search for animals, and you don’t mind getting dirty in the process, come on down.  Bring lunch and a snack for Wednesday.  Dinner and breakfast provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee per person

    $25 for members; $40 for nonmembers.

    Reservations are required by March 25. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us

    • 04/04/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, 2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick

    Ages 16 years through adult

    Appreciate the beauty of Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm at night under the light of the Wolf Moon. This is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 2 miles at a brisk pace over hilly and uneven terrain for two hours with minimal stops. Hiking boots or hiking shoes are required. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person.
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 06/06/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Nature's ARTcade

    Calvert Nature Society, in support of the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources, is hosting a juried art exhibit that highlights art inspired by the natural world of Southern Maryland. New this year: local artists can vie for the Best of Calvert award.

    ARTcade webpage:  www.calvertparks.org/ARTcade

    Call for Artists: www.calvertparks.org/callforartists

    Registration is required to be considered for Nature's ARTcade. 

    Artist Registration Fee: $20 for up to three works of art.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/02/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday-Thursday, June 29-July 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    Each child must be registered separately.
    You may register online, by mail, or in person. See the Registration Information page for details.

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/03/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Registration is closed
    Children entering grades 3-5
    Monday-Wednesday, June 29, 30 and July 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 2, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, July 3, 9:00 a.m.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    If you like exploring wet places and catching water animals – then this fun camp is for you! This week we will wade into some marvelous wet places like the creek, the swamp, and the Bay. As we go, we will learn firsthand about the animals and plants that depend on water – including ourselves. We’ll end the week with an overnight so we can discover some watery places by the light of the stars. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!
    Special registration information: Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for the overnight’s potluck cookout.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

     

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/09/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    For children entering Grades 1 and 2

    Monday-Thursday, July 6-9, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians as they play games and use seine nets, dip nets and traps to safely view these animals.  Students will investigate their differences and learn why herps are important.  There will be encounters with live animals every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, June 29. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/10/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 6-8
    Monday-Wednesday, July 6-8, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 9, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 10, pick up @ 6:00p.m.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park
    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietum Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Please fill out the following waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

    Parental waiver for Thursday

    Parental waiver for Friday

     

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/16/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 3-5

    Monday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 16, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    There will be no camp on Thursday prior to 4:00 p.m. 

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon-Tues)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed-Thurs)

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of birds as they bird watch, check nest boxes, dissect owl pellets, and make bird feeders.  Thursday evening will be a hoot! After supper over the campfire, the young birders will meet the nature center’s live owls and will take a hike to look for birds at night.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 6. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/17/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed
    Entering Grades 7-9

    Monday July 13-Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 16, 4:00 .p.m overnight through Friday, July 17, 9:00 a.m.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Location:

    Monday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Send your daughters to Flag Ponds Park for a week of adventure and excitement.  They will discover their hidden talents as they learn how to use a compass, identify plants and animals, tie knots, and cook over a fire.  Your girls will boost their self-confidence and build new friendships as they face fun new challenges every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 13. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    As Sons of the Forest we will explore Flag Ponds Nature Park. From sloshing in the swamp to hiking through the forest we will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. So bring you sense of adventure and join us for a fun week outside!

    Fee per camper:Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/30/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 14
    Registration is closed
    For children entering grades 1-2
    Monday, July 27 -Thursday, July 30, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn about Calvert County’s “wild things.”


    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/31/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    For children entering Grades 4 and 5

    Monday, July 27-Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Thursday July 30, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 31, 10:00 a.m.

    There is no camp before 4:00 pm Thursday or after 10:00 am Friday.

    Locations:

    Monday: Kings Landing Park 
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    From the beaches to the forests there are many animals that live in our area. We’ll explore our parks to learn about animals big and small. Activities will include habitat exploration, observing wild animals in the field, up close encounters with our exhibit animals and an overnight campout at Flag Ponds Nature Park.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 9-11
    Monday-Wednesday, August 3-5, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, August 6, 7:00 a.m. overnight through
    Friday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.

    This week will be an epic adventure which test our limits as we immerse ourselves in the habitats around us. Here in Calvert County, we will study fresh and brackish water habitats – including the cypress swamp, the Patuxent River, and the nearshore habitats of the Chesapeake Bay. The week will culminate with a two-day overnight trip to Assateague Island National Seashore where we will camp in the dunes and experience the effects of the salty ocean firsthand. Camp activities include boat trip, plant/animal identification, plankton study, water quality testing – as well as hiking, camping, and surfing.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $360
    Nonmembers: $390

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday*–Morgan State Marine Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park
    Wednesday* – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for the trip to Assateague Island National Seashore
    Friday – return to Kings Landing Park


    *these days may be changed due to the weather

    Please fill out this waiver and return it before the first day of camp: OC Surf Sessions Release form

     

    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, August 7, 3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 27. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

Calvert Nature Society (formerly Battle Creek Nature Education Society) is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage
and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community.
We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through
our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.
The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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